west·​bound ˈwes(t)-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio)
: traveling or heading west

Example Sentences

Traffic in the westbound lane is backing up.
Recent Examples on the Web Notable closures can be seen along stretches of Interstate 17, 10 and US 60, with restrictions listed for sections of westbound U.S. 60 and west/eastbound I-10. The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2023 All lanes on the westbound side from College Boulevard to El Camino Real were closed by the late afternoon, CalTrans officials said. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2023 Traffic was being held in the westbound direction on I-80 in Truckee due to multiple spin outs over Donner Summit, Caltrans said. Jordan Parker, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2023 The Orchard Lake Road ramp to westbound I-696 will remain closed through late fall. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2023 The blasting is for the construction of westbound flyover ramp on I-565 into Town Madison. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 11 Feb. 2023 Westbound traffic is being routed onto Highway 16 and motorists are asked to consider using Highway 83 or Highway 67 to reconnect with the westbound lanes of I-94. Joe Taschler, Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 The car was traveling east on Highway 92 in Hillsborough County, east of Tampa, when the driver lost control and crossed into westbound traffic on Saturday. orlandosentinel.com, 14 Mar. 2021 All westbound lanes reopened just before 8 a.m., but eastbound traffic continued to be restricted to a single lane in the hours after the crash. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 28 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of westbound was in 1847

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“Westbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westbound. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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west·​bound ˈwes(t)-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio)
: going west
a westbound train
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